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Religious Holidays and Observances

Attached please find a list of Religious Holidays and Observances as of 8/08/2018.  Students may request an excused absence to participate in any of the listed events. If any observances are not listed, please contact Lorena Blanco-Silva at lblanco@unm.edu

The reasonable requests of students, faculty and staff related their observance of holidays must be accommodated.  Please take these holidays and observances into consideration when planning meetings and events.  It is important to understand that reasonable requests can also include observances that are not listed on calendar on this web page.  For example, some Tribal observances are dependent on natural occurrences which cannot be predicted far in advance. In those cases, accommodations would have to be requested by the individual when religious or holiday observances are arranged.  Some of these ceremonies can last for several days.

 UNM policy 2720: Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Affirmative Action, prohibits religious discrimination and requires reasonable accommodation of employees and students sincerely held religious beliefs, observances, and practices when requested, unless accommodation would impose an undue hardship on business operations.

Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at http://oeo.unm.edu or 277-5251 to receive guidance regarding requests for, or responses to, religious accommodation requests. Failure to provide reasonable accommodations for religious holidays, observances and practices may be regarded as a policy violation.

 Religious Holidays 2018-2019 Academic Year

(Please note that only the holidays which will affect the academic calendar are listed)

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Religious Observances


DATE


HOLIDAY/OBSERVANCE


AFFILIATION

 

August   21, 2018

 

Eid   al-Adah

 

Islamic

 

September   2, 2018

Acoma

Patron   Saint – St. Stephen

 

Native   American

September   4, 2018

Isleta

Patron   Saint – St. Augustine

Native   American

September   10-11, 2018

Rosh   Hashanah

Work   Forbidden

Jewish

September   19, 2018

Laguna

Patron   Saint – St. Joseph

Native   American

September   19, 2018

Yom   Kippur

Work   Forbidden

Jewish

September   30, 2018

Taos

Patron   Saint – San Geronimo

Native   American

October   1-2, 2018

Shemini   Atzeret & Simchat Torah

Work   Forbidden

Jewish

October   24-25, 2018

Sukkot

Work   Forbidden

Jewish

October   4, 2018

Nambe

Patron   Saint – San Francisco de Assisi

Native   American

November   7, 2018

Diwali

Hindu

November   8, 2018

Hindu   Vikram New Year or Sanvatsar New Year

 

Hindu

November   11, 2018

Veterans   Day

 

Other

November   12, 2018

Kewa

Patron   Saint – Domingo St. Dominic

Native   American

November   12, 2018

Tesuque

Patron   Saint – San Diego

Native   American

December   12, 2018

Pojoaque

Patron   Saint – Our Lady of Guadalupe

Native   American

December   25, 2018

Christmas

 

Christian

 

January   14-17, 2019

Pongal

Hindu

 

January   23, 2019

San   Ildefonso

Patron   Saint – San Ildefonso

Native   American

February   5, 2019

Chinese   New Year

Other

March   6, 2019

Ash   Wednesday

May   mandate attendance at religious service or Mass

Christian

March   17, 2019

Nyepi

Hindu

April   3, 2019

Lailat   al-Miraj

Work   Forbidden

Islamic

April   5, 2019

Saka   New Year

Hindu

April   6, 2019

Gudi   Padwa

Hindu

April   6, 2019

Nav   Varsh Samvat or Hindi New Year

Hindu

April   6, 2019

Ugadi

Hindu

April   7, 2019

Cheti   Chand

Hindu

April   14, 2019

Pohela   Baishakh or Naba Barsha

Hindu

April   14, 2019

Varsha   Pirappu or Puthandu

Hindu

April   14, 2019

Rongali   Bihu or Bohag Bihu

Hindu

April   15, 2019

Maha   Vishubha Sankranti or Odia New Year in Odisha

Hindu

April   15, 2019

Vishu

Hindu

April   19, 2019

Good   Friday

Christian

April   21, 2019

Easter

Christian

April   20-21, 2019 and
  April 26-27, 2019

Passover/Pessach

Work   Forbidden first two days & last two days

Jewish

May   1, 2019

San   Felipe

Patron   Saint – St. Phillip

Native   American

May   5, 2019 –
  June 4, 2019

Ramadan

Islamic

June   3-4, 2019

Eid   al-Fitr

Islamic

June   9-10, 2019

Shavout

Work   Forbidden

Jewish

June   13, 2019

Sandia

Patron   Saint – St. Anthony

Native   American

June   24, 2019

Ohkay   Owingeh

Patron   Saint – St. John the Baptist

Native   American

July   14, 2019

Cochiti

Patron   Saint – St. Bonaventure

Native   American

July   26, 2019

Santa   Ana

Patron   Saint – St. Anne

Native   American

August   4, 2019

Kewa

Patron   Saint – Domingo St. Dominic

Native   American

August   10, 2019

Picuris

Patron   Saint – St. Lawrence

Native   American

August   12, 2019

Santa   Clara

Patron   Saint – St. Clare

Native   American

August   15, 2019

Zia

Patron   Saint – Our Lady of Assumption

Native   American

August   17, 2019

Chingam   1

Hindu

 

Zuni

Patron   Saint – Our Lady of Guadalupe

Does   not hold on a Feast Day

Native   American



*Islamic holidays are based on the cycles of the moon; geographic location will determine date/time of celebration

**Jewish holidays last from sundown to sundown

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Religious Observances